Abstract Guidelines

In this document you can find the requirements regarding the content and format of your abstract, information regarding the submission and deadlines, and an example abstract (at the end of this document).

  • Introduction: what is your topic?

  • Problem: what is your research question?

  • Importance: why hasn’t research answered this question yet?

  • Approach: how are you going to answer your research question?

  • Methods: which methods did you or are you going to use to answer the research question

  • Results: what were the main findings (if you already have results)?

  • Implications: what does it mean and why is this answer/your question relevant?

  • Word document: .doc or .docx format
  • Font: Times New Roman, 11, single spacing
  • Abstract title: maximum 100 characters (including spaces)
  • Abstract body: max. 250 words
  • Affiliations: mention all researchers involved, but only the affiliations (institute, email) from you and your supervisor (if possible)
  • Language: American English (for spelling differences, see e.g.: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/spelling/british-and-spelling)
  • Language use:
    • Avoid using ‘I’ and ‘we’
    • Avoid using references
Abbreviations, Units, and Symbols
  • Genes: use the gene abbreviation rather than the full name and distinguish between mice and human genes (both italicized): Human: TP53. Mice: tp53.

  • Abbreviations: avoid unnecessary abbreviations. Unless it is a standard measurement unit, the full term for an abbreviation should always precede its first use, with the abbreviation mentioned in brackets after it, e.g.: “magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)”

  • Adhere to the international system of units (SI) nomenclature, except for temperature;

    • Measurements of length, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (meter, kilogram liter) or their decimal multiples

  • Temperature should be reported in degrees Celsius

  • Symbols: The use of α, β, or µ is not allowed, instead write: alpha, beta, or u.

Do your best! We will award a prize for the best abstract!


Before submitting your abstract, please ask your supervisor for his/her consent to publish it using the agreement form that you can download under the tab "Agreement Form".


Please send the abstract, together with the signed agreement form to info@mindthebrain.nl before the 11th of May 2018.


The committee wishes you good luck with preparing everything!

If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to contact us via: info@mindthebrain.nl.

Abstract Example

An experimental rat model for MRI-compatible transcranial direct current stimulation


Your Name (Name - Surname)1, (Other Name1,) Name of your supervisor1

1Biomedical MR Imaging and Spectroscopy Group, Center for Image Sciences, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands

Corresponding author: your.students.id@students.uu.nl


Stroke is the leading cause of chronic adult disability worldwide. Although treatment options after the acute stage are limited, some spontaneous functional reorganization is observed in the brain. This reorganization may be modulated by noninvasive brain stimulation such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to potentially improve functional recovery. tDCS studies in humans thus far have yielded promising yet inconclusive results due to widely differing experimental protocols and subject groups. Thus, more reproducible and controlled experiments are needed, with a promising role for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to elucidate tDCS-induced changes in functional connectivity and perfusion in the brain. The aim of this study is to establish a rat model for MRI-compatible tDCS to test stimulation set-up and parameters, which may further our understanding of the mechanisms and treatment potentials of tDCS. Two electrodes will be fixed directly to the cranium over the bilateral sensorimotor regions in Sprague-Dawley rats. In a 4.7 T MRI scanner, a weak current will be induced between the electrodes, preceded and followed by resting-state functional MRI and perfusion MRI. We expect to find increased functional connectivity in the brain regions beneath the anode, and the reverse effect beneath the cathode. If successful, the technique will be applied under various stimulation conditions to study the effects on healthy animals and animals with experimentally induced stroke. This would contribute to our understanding of the mode of action of therapeutic tDCS and may guide further studies to optimize tDCS as a stroke treatment.